River deep, mountain high

Or possibly river-not-so-deep. This is my buddy Trevor who posed patiently for this image in the river Etive in Scotland. I think river diving is under-rated; you often hear divers discussing dives in terms of “what depth did you get?” I don’t think that’s very important; what matters is what the experience was like. Rivers offer the chance to see quite a different aspect of our environment. The rocks are sculpted into smooth curves by the passing of water in the same direction over many years. The water may take on the “malt whisky” look, giving everything a golden or even sepia look. I have swum with beautiful wild trout and seen the inside of a waterfall. All this in less than 3m of water. Who cares “how many metres” I got?Diver in River Etive, Scotland


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